Alone, young giraffes are very vulnerable and cannot protect themselves from predators, according to DSWT. And the threats to giraffes are getting more dire. "As one of Africa's more unusual mammals, all giraffe across Africa have been severely affected by illegal hunting, increasing competition with humans for land and resources and ever-present human-wildlife conflicts which has led to their 30 percent decrease in numbers over the past decade," DSWT told The Dodo.
What's next for Kiko? Currently he's getting the best care possible at the DSWT, an organization accustomed to helping vulnerable animals in need. "[A]s with the orphaned baby elephants we rescue, we are currently giving Kiko the time and intensive care he needs to get over the trauma of being orphaned," DSWT wrote in a Facebook comment. "When we feel sure he has overcome this hurdle, our Facebook friends will be the first to know."